A threat to school education

Sydney's bishop wants to protect church schools from discrimination lawsuits © Manuel Lopez

Sydney's Archbishop Fisher warns of possible discrimination lawsuits against church schools. He made his comments in light of the lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired for her advocacy of gay marriage.

Lawsuits by "activists" for same-sex marriage "directly threaten the future of faith-based schooling in this country," Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher, chairman of the bishops' commission on Catholic education, told The Australian news portal this Tuesday.

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The bishop of Hamburg, Maria Jepsen, has resigned from her office. This she announced on Friday at a press conference in Hamburg (statement in the wording). Jepsen thus drew the consequence from increasing criticism of her handling of an abuse case in the North Elbian regional church. The 65-year-old Jepsen was the first female Lutheran bishop in the world.

Because her "credibility is in doubt," she feels unable to "continue to tell the good news as I promised before God and the congregation at my ordination and my episcopal inauguration," Jepsen's statement said. The sister of one of the victims had published an affidavit on Thursday about her encounter with Hamburg Bishop Jepsen in the late 1990s. Afterwards she had addressed the bishop in Lubeck after a lecture and had spoken about the sexual abuse of the Ahrensburg pastor Dieter K. at children and young people informed.Jepsen had then told her that she wanted to take care of it. The victim is a woman from Ahrensburg who, according to her own statements, had been sexually abused by the pastor between the ages of 16 and 20.K, the pastor from Ahrensburg. allegedly sexually abused several male and female youths from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. The now-retired chaplain had been removed from the congregation after initial indications in 1999, but had continued to work as a chaplain at the Schleswig juvenile detention center and as a religion teacher at an Ahrensburg high school. Jepsen and Kabmann are now connected aprupt En At the beginning of April 1992, Maria Jepsen was elected the world's first female Evangelical Lutheran bishop in the Michel in Hamburg. She retained this special position in Germany for seven years: It was not until 1999 that Margot Kabmann became the second woman bishop in Hanover.Jepsen and Kabmann are now also united by the abrupt end of their careers as bishops: Kabmann had resigned from all church leadership positions at the end of February. This was the consequence of her driving under the influence of alcohol. The Catholic Church has also already had its bishop resign this year: Augsburg Bishop Walter Mixa had to resign in April due to a wide range of allegations. Term of office went until summer 2012 On 19. January of this year Jepsen had turned 65 years old. Her term would actually not have ended until the summer of 2012. Born in Bad Segeberg in 1945, she studied classical philology and theology in Tubingen, Kiel and Marburg after graduating from high school. From 1972 to 1990, she was a pastor in Meldorf and Leck in Schleswig-Holstein, and in 1991 she became the first woman to take over the office of provost in the then church district of Harburg in northern Elbia. The principle of her style of ministry is her personal presence. "Being able to speak and listen – that is important to me."She always sought direct conversation, and was tirelessly on the move in the city. In addition to official appointments and meetings, events and anniversaries, the visits were primarily aimed at social or diaconal institutions and groups at the church base. AIDS aid, hospices, daycare centers, hospitals, shelters for the homeless: Church must also be "voice of the silent". Their motto: With each other, not about each other For her, Sunday services are part of the core of Christian life. The pastors of her Hamburg-Lubeck parish always had to reckon with the bishop coming to worship with them. She did not want this to be understood as an official visitation, but as an inviting accompaniment. "As a pastor, you should only celebrate services that you yourself like to go to," she advised the chaplains.In ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, too, it is important to talk directly to each other, not about each other, was her motto. Personal contacts with the Jewish community and Muslim mosques were important to her. She could also accept the call of the muezzin in Hamburg, she explained. Her relationship with Catholic auxiliary bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke and Archbishop Werner Thissen was recently considered excellent.

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With the eucharist out of the crisis

Cologne Archbishop Joachim Cardinal Meisner hopes that a reflection on the Eucharist will lead the Catholic Church out of its crisis situation. It is necessary to start at the right place for a renewal of the Church, Cardinal Meisner said Tuesday at the annual press reception in Cologne. The Eucharist could make the Church "more Christlike again at the head and in the members, and thus also more spiritually dynamic," he added.

The Catholic German Bishops' Conference is organizing a so-called national Eucharistic Congress next year, which will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Cologne. The idea was born in 2010, which was "a year of horror and pain" for the church, Meisner said. "Sexual abuses have come to light in the realm of the Church that I personally would never have thought possible. The church has been bleeding from many wounds since then."It is still open, however, whether the problem of abuse will be explicitly addressed during the meeting.

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In the run-up to the synod on the family

Preview of the new season "this site Bible"

In the run-up to the synod on the family

Dr. Gunther Fleischer (left) in conversation © DR

Four weeks before the start of the Family Synod in the Vatican, another season of "our site-Bible – explorations, explanations, settings" on the topic of marriage, family, sexuality. Sundays on the radio and here to listen to and read about.

The expectations for the synod held on 4. October in the Vatican beginning 14. Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops are high. For three weeks, bishops will address the topic of "The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the world today". The course of the extraordinary synod last fall, as well as the questionnaires sent out twice, have shown that there is much need for discussion here and that tempers are running high on some irritant topics.

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Diligence, meticulousness and passion to the end

The church historian Arnold Angenendt © Cristian Gennari (KNA)

To his students he always said "No TV! Read!"Laziness of thought was anathema to the church historian Angenendt. With meticulousness and passion, he turned church history research upside down – to its rescue.

Even in the small potato fields of the Lower Rhine, great thinkers can get their start. Arnold Angenendt is such a person. With his weak stature, he was not suited for farming, his parents judged. So after the end of the war in 1945, the mother cycled to the episcopal boarding school Gaesdonck, eight kilometers away, and enrolled her son. A bicycle trip with considerable consequences for research in church history in Germany: The lanky farmer's son from Asperden developed into one of the most renowned church historians of the present day. This Monday Arnold Angenendt turns 85 years old.

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To church as if for an espresso

In "godless Berlin," writer Franz-Josef Wagner goes to church "like for an espresso". He still feels a connection to the church.

Franz-Josef Wagner (76), Axel Springer columnist and writer, says he still feels connected to the church. "The church was the highlight of my childhood week," he told the "Suddeutsche Zeitung" in an interview. Even today, "in this godless Berlin," he goes to the Catholic church: "I'm there for ten minutes, as if for an espresso." Asked if he was going to confession, Wagner explained:

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It is a painful process: for the victims, some of whom have kept silent for decades out of shame. And for the Jesuit order itself, facing a severe test. It has been just two weeks since the first cases of abuse at Canisius College in Berlin came to light.

Since then, the scandal has spread to the order's other two schools: St. Blasien in the Black Forest and the Aloisius College in Bonn. In addition, there is the St. Ansgar School in Hamburg, which was run by Jesuits until 1993. The official course of the order seems clear. The public confession of some victims makes an investigation procedure for the complete clarification of the abuse cases "possible and compelling," emphasized the highest-ranking Jesuit representative in Germany, Father Stefan Dartmann. He apologized to the victims in the name of the order. And at the same time he asked for forgiveness for "what those responsible in the Order at the time failed to do in terms of taking a necessary and close look and reacting appropriately. This double admission of personal guilt of individuals and the failure of the religious community meets with approval especially among the younger Jesuit generation. Only an investigation of the crimes "without regard for one's own reputation or possible financial consequences" would help now, writes the rector of the Munich School of Philosophy, Michael Bordt, in an open letter. In the crisis, the 49-year-old insists, there is also an opportunity. Here the strengths of the order could show themselves anew: the commitment to faith and justice, to truth and values.

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Keeping those affected in mind

Jesuit Klaus Mertes © Julia Steinbrecht (KNA)

Jesuit Father Klaus Mertes criticizes what he sees as "fear-driven crisis management" by the bishops in coming to terms with sexual abuse. "Church language in dealing with abuse often marginalizes," Mertes criticized Friday in Bonn.

At the ZdK plenary assembly in Bonn, Mertes said: "If the abuse crisis is defined as a credibility crisis, we are already back to the institution and not to the people concerned."He does not deny that the church is in a crisis of credibility. "But it will not be overcome if the goal is mere restoration of credibility."

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Next Monday will mark nine months since the Ettal monastery in Upper Bavaria confirmed allegations of physical and sexual violence from circles of former boarding school students. Since then, the arduous process of coming to terms with a dark past has been underway. The religious community now wants to drill deeper again. For this it has engaged the former federal interrogation judge Hans-Joachim Jentsch.

The 73-year-old from Wiesbaden has been commissioned by the monks to look through all documented cases and to research weak points in the system. This he is to do "in the closest possible contact" the association "Ettaler abuse and abuse victims", it is said. In the past, the Benedictines have been subjected to sometimes fierce accusations from victims. The preliminary final report has been available since July, but questions remain: Why was nothing made public for so long? How could it come so far at all?

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Papal child protection commission urges tougher consequences for bishops who don't punish sexual abuse hard enough in their dioceses. The Gemium meets until Sunday in the Vatican.

Since Pope John Paul II. In 2002, when John Paul summoned American cardinals to the Vatican for an emergency meeting on the abuse scandals, the church's approach to sexual assault has changed radically. John Paul's second successor, Francis, continues to see a need to catch up, as evidenced by the establishment of an abuse commission to put prevention measures to the test and make suggestions to the pope on how to improve them. On Saturday and Sunday it will deliberate at its first plenary session.

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